A history of the early days of Naval aviation, Wings of the Fleet was made in the mid-1920s. Includes footage of the battleship USS Texas as it became the first warship to launch an aircraft in 1919, early blimp and dirigible tests, and experiments with amphibious aircraft. Some of the craft shown include the dirigible ZR-1, the Shenandoah, the Los Angeles, and the C-7. Seaplanes featured include the PN-9 and the record-breaking NC-4. Various famous aviators are in the film include speed record... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy Publicity Film
This U.S. Navy newsreel shows Commander William Anderson of the nuclear powered submarine Nautilus, being greeted at the White House by President Eisenhower. During the period 22 July 1958 to 5 August 1958, U.S.S. Nautilus transited the Arctic Ocean from the Bering Sea to the Greenland Sea, becoming the first vessle in history to pass submerged beneath the geographic North Pole. Topic: U.S. Navy Publicity Film
"Man and the FBM" shows the new Polaris submarines such as USS George Washington (SSBN-598) on deterrent patrol and describes the development of this important weapons system. The nation's first ballistic missile submarine, George Washington and its sister Polaris submarines including the USS Patrick Henry (SSBN-599) were the nation's undersea deterrent arm throughout the Cold War. This film also features footage of USS Skipjack (SSN-585), USS Skate (SSN-578) at the North Pole, and... Topic: U.S. Navy Recruiting Film
Made in 1942 and shot in color, "The Battle of Midway" is John Ford's masterpiece of documentary filmmaking. Featuring voice overs by Donald Crisp, Henry Fonda, and Jane Darwell, the film includes material shot by Ford himself during the Japanese bombardment of Midway. John Ford's handheld, 16mm footage of the battle was captured totally impromptu. He had been in transit on the island, roused from his bunk by the sounds of the battle, picked up his camera and began shooting. Ford was... favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
A scenic cruise along the Hudson and the East River in New York is used to discuss the history of the U.S. Navy, from its earliest era to the present. Features footage of the SS United States, RMS Queen Mary, the Statue of Liberty and the United Nations. Also contains shots of the fighting ship USS Constitution, known as "Old Ironsides". favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
The USS Antietam (CV/CVA/CVS-36) was one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II, and the first carrier to be fitted with an angled deck. This innovative feature, made possible by the addition of a port sponson, effectively allowed aircraft to take off while others were simultaneously landing. This film was made to acquaint naval aviators and deck crew with this new feature. Also shown in the film is USS Coral Sea (CV/CVB/CVA-43), a Midway-class aircraft carrier which was... Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
Produced in cooperation with the United States Navy, "The Eyes of the Navy" follows aviators through their basic training in Pensacola, Florida and advanced training at Naval Air Station San Diego, California. Various phases of instruction are shown, from classroom work, to instrument training in a Link trainer, solo flight and carrier landings and take-offs from USS Enterprise (CV-6). Some other highlights include machine gun practice, bombing and dive bombing practice. Features a... Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
This extraordinary color film traces the role of the submariners -- known as the Silent Service -- during World War II in the Pacific. The film begins with a short film-within-the-film featuring Japan's Fleet Admiral Nagano expressing his belief that American submarines crippled the Japanese Imperial Navy. The film goes on to show the construction and manning of fleet type submarines, and some of the astonishing campaigns they waged in the Pacific Theater. Includes footage from the lives of... Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
The USS Triton (SSRN-586) was one of the largest submarines of its era. Equipped with twin reactors, Triton circumnavigated the world underwater in 1960, under the command of famous submariner Edward L. Beach. This color film details life aboard Triton during that epochal trip, and shows its triumphant homecoming, including a visit from President Dwight Eisenhower. Triton was to be used as a radar picket submarine, but problems related to its design meant that it was eventually relegated to use... Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
When President John F. Kennedy visited the newly-commissioned USS Enterprise (CVN-65), he used the occasion to promote a strengthened U.S. Navy, one whose indomitable force would help preserve the peace. He then watched naval wargames that included some of the most cutting-edge weaponry of the day, including missiles, rockets, and supersonic aircraft. Sadly, Kennedy would be assassinated just a short time after this film record of the exercise was released, and it was withdrawn from circulation... Topic: U.S. Navy Propaganda Film
One of the U.S. Navy's industrial incentive films, the Life and Death of the USS Hornet traces the valiant career of CV-8. Footage includes the launching of the Doolittle Raider B-25s on their mission to strike Tokyo in 1942, including White House reaction by President Roosevelt that the planes came from "Shangri-La." Also on this film, is footage of the ill-fated Torpedo 8 Squadron which was sacrificed at the Battle of Midway. The carrier USS Hornet was sunk during the Battle of... Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
Showcases the combined effort that is part of modern anti-submarine warfare, in which fixed and rotary wing aircraft work in conjunction with destroyers and escorts to locate and destroy enemy submarines. Featured in the film is footage of P-3 Orion search aircraft, DASH drone helicopter, and the ships USS Yorktown (CV-1), destroyers USS Leary (DD-879), USS Walker (DD-517), and USS Bridger (DE-1024) and various submarines including USS Scorpion (SSN-589). Also features footage of Norfolk. Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
Contains footage of the DSRV-2, Avalon submarine deep sea rescue vehicle. Includes launching footage, and a demonstration of how the vehicle could be carried in a cargo aircraft to any ocean in the world. One of two Mystic class rescue vehicles, Avalon was decommissioned in 2000. It could dive to up to 1500 meters. Topic: U.S. Navy Publicity Film
Shows the submarine USS Shark (SSN-591) conducting anti-submarine warfare maneuvers. A nuclear attack submarine, Shark was one of the Skipjack class boats launched in 1960. The film shows the crew conducting sonar searches, and living and working at sea. Also includes footage of the USS Holland (SS-1), the Navy's first submarine, as well as early subs including the S44. Also shown are the USS Gyatt (DD-712) and USS Fremont (PA-44). The film also includes WWI German footage of U-boats. Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
Recounts the 1966 SeaLab II effort, involving ten aquanots who lived in a chamber beneath the sea, under seven atmospheres of pressure. The most famous of the aquanots was Scott Carpenter, who was also one of the original seven Project Mercury astronauts. Includes footage of diving bell, SeaLab I, SeaLab II, crew transfer vehicle, trained dolphins, and practice sessions to recover downed aircraft, sunken submarines and atomic bombs and other weapons. Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
Made to promote flight deck safety, this Vietnam era film features footage shot aboard USS Forrestal (CVA-59). It was made in 1967, the same year that the ship suffered a terrible fire that cost 134 lives. It is unclear whether the film predates the fire, or was made in its wake. The USS Forrestal (CV-59) superseded Shinano of World War II vintage as the largest aircraft carrier ever built by full load displacement and was the first to specifically support jet aircraft. The ship was... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
Made prior to the outbreak of World War II (WWII) as the United States began a build-up of its naval forces, "The Battle" shows a gigantic fleet exercise and promotes the capabilities of the two ocean navy. Features footage of battleships, aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, submarines and various support craft including hospital ships and supply vessels. Many vessels are shown including the North Hampton class battleship Chicago (CA-29), the USS California (BB-44), and the... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy Propaganda Film
A basic training film made by the U.S. Navy, "Co-ordinated Anti-Submarine Warfare" discusses how surface ships, aircraft and submarines work together to unravel the submarine threat. The film explains both passive and active sonar, and shows how sonobuoys and other technology are deployed to locate enemy submarines. Features footage of a carrier battle group, Soviet submarines, and American warships as well as Tracker aircraft and rotary wing ASW helicopters. Visible in the film is... Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
Shows the USS George Washington (SSBN-598) on deterrent patrol somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean. The nation's first ballistic missile submarine, George Washington and its sister Polaris submarines were the nation's undersea deterrent arm throughout the Cold War. Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
Landing aboard an aircraft carrier is a task fraught with danger under normal conditions. When an aircraft has a malfunction or becomes disabled, it can be especially dangerous. The Mark-V barricade was developed to arrest disabled aircraft which, for whatever reason, may not be able to land by conventional "hook on a cable" means. Shown in this film are the procedures used to deploy the barricade, with commentary about how teamwork and attention to detail makes all the difference. Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
Shows the Navy's anti-submarine patrol in action during the late 1960s. Featuring flight operations off the aircraft carrier USS Wasp (CV-18), fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft perform sweeps of the sea in the vicinity of the fleet main body. They are joined by destroyers and other warships equipped with sonar, depth-charges and ASW torpedoes. The Grumman S-2 Tracker aircraft is especially featured. Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
A U.S. Navy training and safety film that in detail covers the procedure a submarine crew would take to make an immediate free breathing emergency bouyant ascent. In other words, how to safely exit a submerged subamrine and get all the crewmembers to the surface without them getting the "bends". The students train at the Submarine Escape Training Tank (SETT), a 100-foot water tower either at the submarine base, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii or at the submarine base, New London, Connecticut.... Topic: U.S. Navy Training Film
This U.S. Navy film shows how a sunken submarine can be raised from the depths using pontoons and air apparatus. Features footage of the salvage vessel USS Hoist (ARS-40), hard hat divers, and animations and footage of a real salvage operation exercise. Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
The Fleet That Came to Stay was produced by the US Navy in 1945, and details the aerial and naval battles that raged during the invasion of Okinawa. The Okinawa campaign was especially devastating for the U.S. Navy due to the use of kamikaze suicide planes by the Japanese. After being hit by two kamikaze planes, the USS Bunker Hill (CV-17) was severely damaged, and 346 of its crew were KIA. Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
Details the life of the crew aboard a fleet aircraft carrier operating in the Pacific during WWII in 1944. Includes footage of aircraft operations including Grumman TBM Avengers and Hellcats, maintenance, take-offs and landings, and the mundane side of crew life. Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
Made by the U.S. Navy at the height of the Cold War, this informative film chronicles the history of the Soviet Navy from the Czarist era through WWI, the Revolution, WWII, and the Cold War. The film begins with shots of the helicopter aircraft carrier Moscow / Moskva on its maiden voyage in the Mediterranean Sea in 1968. The Kashin class guided-missile destroyers, the world's first major ships built with gas turbine propulsion, are also shown along with Soviet nuclear submarines. These... Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
This short film, part of the "Navy News Highlights", shows some of the stunning accomplishments made by the Silent Service in the late 1950's. First, USS Skate (SSN-578) the third nuclear submarine commissioned by the Navy, becomes only the second submarine to reach the North Pole and the first to surface there. Next, the launching of the Barbel-class USS Blueback is shown. USS Blueback was built by Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation of Pascagoula, Mississippi, and was the last... Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
This tour of the U.S. Navy's submarine training school at New London, Connecticut includes a tour of the school's museum, a demonstration of their submarine simulator and even the submarine escape tower. Recruits are shown being trained in the latest techniques of undersea warfare and technology. Submarines featured include: USS Grouper (SS-214), USS Piper (SS-409), USS Irex (SS-482), and USS Benjamin Franklin (SSBN-640) a Polaris nuclear missile submarine. Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
Originally made by the Soviet Union, this propaganda film was re-released by the American C.I.A. complete with English narration. It features worldwide wargames by the modern Soviet Fleet. Men and ships of the USSR are seen launching a seaborne invasion. Various ships and MiG aircraft are shown, including submarines, rocket-firing cruisers, destroyers and battleships. Airborne refueling of Backfire nuclear bomber aircraft, and seaborne refueling and resupply of vessels is shown. Jet fighters... Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
Made to promote the upgrading of Polaris SSBN submarines to carry the new Poseidon missile, this film presents an overview of the nation's undersea nuclear force. A brief history of the Polaris SSBNs is presented, including the development of the solid-rocket engine and launch apparatus. Admiral Raborn is shown on the occasion of the first successful undersea launch of a missile from a submarine. Earlier attempts to place a missile on a sub, including the Regulus missile era are shown.... Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
In this short silent film, shot by the Pilot Landing Aid Television system, known as PLAT, a crippled Vought F-8 Crusader makes a barrier landing. The Mark-V barricade shown in the film was developed to arrest disabled aircraft which, for whatever reason, are not able to land by conventional "hook on a cable" means. In this instance, the landing is a success, the pilot walked away unscathed and the aircraft was salvageable. Topic: U.S. Navy PLAT film.
The Pacific Campaign is recounted in this post-WWII film. Beginning with the Japanese invasion of the China, the film rapidly shows the U.S. entry to the war at Pearl Harbor, and the battles that followed from Guadalcanal to the Phillipines, Marianas, Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and culminating with the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by B-29s flying from island bases. Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
Diving in the deep sea, whether with scuba gear or a hard hat suit, is fairly safe as long as the diver is conscious of the effects of pressure. This U.S. Navy training film discusses the physical principles of diving, and shows some of the medical consequences of mishaps. Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
Made by the Reynolds Aluminum Co, the Aluminaut was an experimental deep sea exploration submarine built in 1964. The Aluminaut is credited with rescuing the DSV Alvin-2 in 1969 after it sank, and helping to locate an atomic bomb lost off the coast of Palomares, Spain in 1966. Also featured in the film is footage of the NR-1, the Navy's nuclear powered research submarine, the bathyscaphe Trieste and Trieste II, and other vessels including the Perry Cubmarine. The film also includes footage of... Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
Made by the U.S. Navy at the height of the Cold War, this film observes current Soviet naval forces and attempts to assess their global reach and strategy. By this time, the Soviets had achieved the world's largest submarine force, and supplemented it with state-of-the-art anti-submarine weapons including the helicopter aircraft carrier Moskva, which is shown in the film. Also shown are various other vessels, including Russian PT boats, Kashin class guided-missile destroyers, and Soviet nuclear... Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
A U.S. Navy training and safety film that covers in detail the procedure used to recover a crew member who went overboard off the deck of a submarine. The USS Scamp (SSN-588) and the USS Bergall (SSN-667) are used to illustrate these procedures. Topic: U.S. Navy Training Film
Shows the 1958 voyage of the world's first nuclear powered submarine, the USS Nautilus (SSN-571) under the North Pole. This historic voyage, known as Operation Sunshine, heralded a new stage of the Cold War, in which Soviet and American submarines would vie for control of the strategically critical polar regions. Produced by Sperry Autonetics, whose top secret inertial guidance system allowed Nautilus to make the voyage. Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
During a glamorous career as the ocean liner USS Manhattan, the Manhattan plied the Atlantic sea lanes between Europe and the USA. It carried the U.S. Olympic team including Jesse Owens and Glenn Cunningham to Germany in 1936. During WWII, the ship was rechristened the USS Wakefield (AP-21) and placed into service by the U.S. Coast Guard as a troop ship. Its wartime service was spent transporting tens of thousands of American soldiers to the battlefront. Wakefield's career was star crossed, as... Topic: U.S. Navy Propaganda Film
Landing a plane on the deck of aircraft carrier is one of the most dangerous and amazing daily activity facing pilots and deck crew. This amazing training film graphically depicts various aircraft landing disasters. It also instructs pilots how to avoid them and what emergency ejection or ditching procedures to follow in case they do occur. A barrier landing, called for when a pilot has a landing gear problem, is shown as is the set-up of the barrier. Many crashes in this film were captured by... Topic: U.S. Navy Training Film
Made in the wake of deadly accidents aboard the aircraft carriers USS Forrestal (CV-59), USS Enterprise (CVN-65), and USS Oriskany (CV-34), this U.S. Navy safety film underscores that "Disasters Don't Just Happen". The film examines the causes of accidents and looks for solutions to prevent similar things from happening in the future. Three incidents are specifically examined. First, the 1967 USS Forrestal fire was a devastating fire and series of chain-reaction explosions on 29 July... Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
This fascinating travelogue was made in 1934, in the era when China was in the grip of the Imperial nations. America operated its own fleet of warships in Chinese waters, to protect American interests, especially the tankers belonging to Standard Oil. Shown in the film are various U.S. Navy warships and gunboats, and although none are identified by name the USS Augusta (CA-31), flagship for the Asiatic fleet, is clearly visible. Canton and Shanghai are cities visited during the course of the... Topic: U.S. Navy Recruiting Film
Shows the launching of the USS Lafayette, SSBN-616, one of the new Polaris nuclear ballistic missile submarines. Built at the General Dynamics shipyard in Groton, Connecticut, Lafayette was christened by then-First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, whose husband Jack Kennedy was an avid supporter of the Polaris submarine program. Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
Shot at the Naval Amphibious School in Coronado, California, this film shows the procedures used by SCUBA divers to exit and enter a submarine through the airlock. The film also features extremely rare footage of the special operations submarine USS Grayback (SSG-574 / LPSS-574) which carried miniature submarines (known as SDVs or Swimmer Delivery Vehicles) in its hangar that could be used by U.S. Navy SEALs for special operations. Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
Shot by award winning cinematographer Conrad Buff, "Down to the Wire" is a portrait of naval aviation cadets struggling to receive their carrier wings circa 1970. To become qualified as a carrier jet pilot, a variety of tasks must be mastered from "touch-and-go's" on land to that first hairy carrier landing at sea. The famed Essex class carrier USS Lexington (CV/CVA/CVS/CVT/AVT-16), known as "The Blue Ghost", appears in the film. Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
Shows the 1945 cruise of the aircraft carrier USS Franklin (CV-13) across the Pacific and into combat. Corsair and Avenger aircraft are shown performing take-offs and landings, on what seems like it will be a 'typical' combat cruise. During combat the Franklin was struck by two armor piercing bombs dropped by a Japanese Zero aircraft. At least one penetrated the flight deck, setting off a series of explosions that crippled the ship. There were over 1000 casulties including 724 KIA. Despite... Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.